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FYE 201 Fall 2019 

FYE 201 A (M 11:00-11:50)
Francis & Clare: Living the Vision Today
This course explores the social issues present during the time of Francis and Clare of Assisi and examines the ways in which they responded to those issues. The discussion will transition into the 20th and 21st century and consider how individuals living the Franciscan vision today might respond to the issues of our contemporary times. A service learning experience will be included as part of the course.

FYE 201 B (W 11:00-11:50)
Create a Successful You
The purpose of this course is to identify atomic habits and personal improvements which will assist you in becoming a more successful “you.”  Topics covered and analyzed and covered will include time management habits, leading your “self”, improving your personal power and presence, and setting goals that work for you.  You will have the opportunity to be coached and mentored, as well as to learn how to coach and mentor others, as you learn what will make you a more “successful you.”

FYE 201 C (F 11:00-11:50)
Student Leadership Development
In this course, students will explore different leadership styles, skills and practices that will shape one into becoming a strong student leader. Students will learn about themselves and others through several assessments, concepts and strategies. Through various readings, discussions, in-class exercises and projects, students will be able to identify their own leadership style and preferences. The skills developed during this course will not only be effective during one’s time as a student, but also transfer into one’s professional career.

FYE 201 D (M 12:00-12:50)
Drug University
This course will help students gain broad knowledge about alcohol and other drugs in the context of individual and cultural use. The course will cover the basic pharmacology of substances, the prevalence of drugs in our culture, the effects of them on people, families, and our society, and treatment of addictions. By the end of the semester, students will know about the history of alcohol and mood altering drugs, the myths and stereotypes about drug use, and the sociocultural factors that contribute to drug use. We will also consider how our society has allowed us to reach an epidemic with opioids and who should be blamed for this crisis? As the crisis continues, we will explore how it affects the drug user and family, friends, and the larger community.

This course will also discuss how individuals can become biologically addicted to drugs and what happens to the body when a user becomes trapped in an addiction. We will talk about the biological and psychological dependence addictions have and what to do if you somebody in your family or a friend becomes a drug addict. We will also talk about different treatment options and how the body detoxes from certain substances. By the end of the semester, students will know about the history of alcohol and mood altering drugs, the myths and stereotypes about drug use, and the sociocultural factors that contribute to drug use.

FYE 201 E (W 12:00-12:50)
What Does Stewardship Mean?
On the surface, stewardship is a simple concept: We have a responsibility to take care of the world that we have inherited. But in practice stewardship is complex. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach that considers historical backgrounds, modern environmental science principles and practices, economic considerations, and other approaches, students will explore issues of great significance today. Does stewardship mean reintroducing animal species into areas in which they were once found but have since driven to extinction? Is the eradication of intentionally introduced nonnative fish species to protect native fish life an example of stewardship? How does one reconcile efforts to conserve bison, wolves, and other big game near Yellowstone National Park with the interests of ranchers who view such wildlife as threats to their livestock? And perhaps of most immediate significance to many of us today: To what extent can we be better stewards on a day-to-day basis without compromising the very things that make our lives more comfortable and convenient than they would have been 100, 50, or even 20 years ago? The potential topics are endless. Either individually or in pairs, students will provide examples of what stewardship means in practice by taking a “deep dive” into chosen subjects that they are truly passionate about.

FYE 201 F (F 12:00-12:50)
Hiking the Trail:  Backpacking 101
In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of backpacking and the art of self-reflection while contemplating where “they are going” as they hike in the wilderness.  This class will challenge students to refine the essential supplies needed in their backpacking kits in preparation for on-the-ground experiences at such places as Oak Openings Metropark. The goal is for students to gain practical hands-on experience in terms of preparing for and actually backpacking, which will require them to assess and reflect on who they are as individuals – their strengths and weaknesses– while challenging them to draw lines between their needs and wants (so, for practical purposes, they don’t hit the trails with unmanageable bulks of luggage).

FYE 201 G (T 12:30-1:20)
This is Us
In this course, students will explore the concept of family and how this term has evolved throughout the years.  The traditional definition of family describes a group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, a mother, a father, and their children.  However, that is no longer simply the case today, as times have changed.  Through self-reflection and studying family dynamics in television shows like This is Us, students will discover how family helped construct their identity.  Students will contemplate who they want to become and how finding “family” at Lourdes can support them along this journey.